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Orion Spring Health TPb January £14.99 320pp b/w illustrations 978 0 297 60923 0 ebook: £14.99 / 978 0 297 60924 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 17008 2 / 10 hours

Dr Elizabeth blackburn won a Nobel Prize for her discovery of telomeres.

Spring Non-fiction • January 2017

DR ELIZAbETH bLACkbURN & DR ELISSA EPEL The Telomere Effect The New Science of Living Younger a groundbreaking book on how to slow down the ageing process and lengthen life.

Have you ever wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? While many factors contribute to ageing and illness, Nobel Prize-winning Dr Elizabeth blackburn discovered biological markers called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our DNA. Dr blackburn discovered that the length and health of our telomeres provides a biological basis for the long hypothesised mind-body connection. Along with leading health psychologist Dr Elissa Epel, she found that there are things we can do to improve and lengthen our telomeres to keep us vital and disease-free.

This book will help readers increase their lifespan and health-span (the number of years that they remain healthy and active), including information on how sleep, exercise and diet profoundly affect our telomeres, and how chronic stress can eat away at them. Included are lists of which foods are healthy for our telomeres; how ageing begins in utero (mothers who are highly stressed during pregnancy have children with shorter telomeres) and how thinking you are young and healthy helps keep you that way!

Dr Elizabeth Blackburn was awarded a Nobel Prize for her discovery of telomeres and their role in the ageing process. She has previously been named in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Dr Elissa Epel is a leading health psychologist who has conducted pioneering research into how stress ages us and compromises our health.

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Location: San Francisco, USA Available for interview